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Starter not egaging right?

The starter gear is captured in fly wheel when not engaged. I do don't believe this is normal. Are there shims available to adjust the Starter? What has transpired with this engine is rather a long story. had starter serviced by a local altenator & starter shop. when reinstalled it is always turning with the engine."no power applied" engine is nor installed at this time.

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  • Ted Mostert Dec 08, 2012

    This engine is not mounted. Thought I had a catistrophic problem pilled engine off and opened case to inspect. while turning shaft heard rubbing sound near starter removed starter still had noise, reformed flywheel shroud till noise went away. at that time had the starter serviced, when installed the drive gear of the starter turns with the flywheel i do not believe this is correct.


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There are two types of starter, a bendix gear type,and a pre engaged type, neither should rotate with the engine running, with a pre engaged starter the gear is connected to the flywheel but when the engine starts a solinoid pulls the gear out of the flywheel, with a bendix type, the starter motor spins the bendix shaft which in turn winds the gear up and into the flywheel ring gear.

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SOURCE: starter gear doesn't move up to engage flywheel gear when started

The solenoid does two things -- it closes an electrical contact to run the starter motor, and also pulls a lever to slide the motor gear up to engage the flywheel. Since the contact is closing, the solenoid itself must be OK, but the lever could be broken, or the sliding gear could be binding or stripped. Since you're looking at a probable replacement, try cleaning with compressed air, then squirting some WD-40 into the starter gear area - you could get lucky! Otherwise, you can replace the starter/solenoid assembly -- you can find replacements on eBay for about $80. Less expensive but more time consuming is to remove the assembly, disassemble, and replace just the defective parts if you can find them. Good luck! Please rate my answer if helpful, thanks.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

SOURCE: The recoil starter on my Briggs & Stratton not engaging flywheel

Andy, Hi, well I would start at the Starter myself, usually the thing called the "Bendix" spring jams up and stops it dead. Pull of the Starter, and power it up, off the unit. This will show you if it snaps in and out.
Sometimes a few judicious whacks with a soft hammer will sometimes free up the spring, if thats is indeed what's wrong. Anyway try that first. before any disassembly.
Make sure the Motor CAN actually be turned, by turning the flywheel, this should show you if the Motor is "Free" enough to move.
Also check ALL electrical connection to the starter. Use a meter and see if you are actually getting a voltage to the starter too. make sure your starter battery is good too.

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